05 Jan 2021

New national lockdown in England announced

Non-essential retail across England must now shut as part of a new national lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Boris Johnson announced the measures last night (Monday, January 4), urging people to stay at home and only leave their houses for essential purposes.

As part of the wide reaching measures the following businesses must close:

  • non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment) and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.
  • hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect and drive-through. All food and drink (including alcohol) can continue to be provided by delivery.
  • accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites

Hardware stores can remain open.

Read the Government's full guidance here

Similarly, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced a national lockdown in Scotland including the closure of non-essential retail.

Find out what the rules are in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

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